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  • Parents and Teachers for Excellence
    Should face masks be used in schools?

    Edit – On the 26th August the government changed their advice on face coverings following the World Health Organization announcing that masks should be worn in school. Masks will become mandatory in…

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    Intellectual Virtue and Education

    For the most part the philosophy of education has given way to the cognitive sciences as a force for educational change. Even an increased focus on knowledge has done little…

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  • Great Education Thinkers : Matthew Arnold

    Matthew Arnold (1822-1888) was a poet, a literary critic and for thirty-five years an inspector of schools. His influence on educators is encapsulated by a famous passage in Culture and…

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  • Great Education Thinkers: John Dewey

    “The native and unspoiled attitude of childhood, marked by ardent curiosity, fertile imagination, and love of experimental inquiry, is near, very near, to the attitude of the scientific mind” –…

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  • Another look at critical thinking.

    Rethinking critical thinking.   One common accusation levelled at those who promote a knowledge rich curriculum is that there is an insufficient focus on allowing students the space to think…

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  • Great Education Thinkers: Michael Oakeshott

    Over the coming weeks we will be examining the foundational ideas of great education thinkers. We hope to stimulate thought about questions in education that we often take for granted.…

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    What I Learnt at the Wonder Years Conference

    Spencer Harris, Head of History and Politics at a school in Leicestershire, recently attended our Wonder Years conference, and has written this great blog about what he got out of…

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  • Queen Elizabeth's Academy
    Return to Queen Elizabeth’s Academy

    I first visited Queen Elizabeth Academy earlier in the year, and left inspired by Helen Brothwell and her team. I’ve enjoyed following the school’s journey since then, regularly checking in by email to see how…

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    Open Letter Regarding Exclusions

    The issue of exclusions in schools is important and rightly up for discussion, but some recent coverage has been misinformed, misguided and unhelpful to the causes of safety and standards…

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